Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns


‘An amazing, brilliant, and incredibly erudite book’ Lee Siegel

India’s association with magic goes back thousands of years – from the seals of Mohenjodaro that depicted sorcerers and yogis, to the jugglers, mountebanks and acrobats that dazzled audiences at the courts of Hindu maharajas and Mughal emperors. Tales were told of ropes being thrown up in the air, strong enough for a boy to climb and disappear; of fakirs being buried alive for months and brought back to life; and of sanperas charming deadly cobras with their flutes. In the early nineteenth century, touring Indian magicians mesmerized audiences abroad, prompting generations of Western illusionists to emulate their Eastern peers.

Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns: A Magical History of India tells us how Indian magic descended from the domain of the gods to become part of daily ritual and popular entertainment, and its transformation from the street to the stage culminating with the rise of the great P. C. Sorcar Sr.

Drawing on ancient religious texts, colonial records, newspaper reports, journals and the memoirs, diaries and testimonies of Western and Indian magicians, John Zubrzycki offers us a vibrant narrative on Indian magic from ancient times to the present day.

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Author Bio

Srikant Sastri is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and IIM Calcutta. He is a board member and advisor at several university incubators and a member of various government bodies including the National Expert Advisory Committee (NEAC) and the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. As the creator of the ChaloStartUp web series, Srikant takes the message of entrepreneurship across the country. He is the chairman of I3G Advisory Network.

Amitabha Bandyopadhyay has a PhD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. He conducted his postdoctoral research in Embryology and Genetics at Harvard Medical School. He is an associate professor in the Biological Sciences and Bioengineering department at IIT Kanpur. In 2012, he was appointed the Kent Chair Professor of Innovation and Incubation at the institutes technology business incubator, Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC).

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Weight 0.400 kg
Dimensions 17 × 24 × 4 cm
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